Ticket pricing... It's no fun for us, it's no fun for you. We get it. In fact, since our Fair Board and Staff also purchase tickets to attend the fair, we are all aware of the impact pricing has on fairgoers. Decisions to increase prices are not taken lightly, and are made with every effort to balance the long-term sustainability of our event with a price that doesn't discourage fairgoers from attending.
This year, we did have to increase the prices for Adult and Child Season Passes, as well as for the Family 4-Pack. Although we do our best to avoid them, sometimes ticket price increases are necessary. We will offer a number of season ticket discounts in the months leading up to the Fair, and our Queen Contestants will offer a $5 discount on sales in June & July. Promotion details will be posted to social media and sent to our e-newsletter subscribers.
We speak and post often about how seriously we take our obligation of providing a quality fair, with something for everyone. We LOVE this aspect of the fair - being able to provide 5 amazing days full of memories and fun, lessons and opportunity! Additionally, our fair makes an equally important impact on our community, with ripples that continue through the rest of the year and far into the future.
For instance: The local economic impact of our Fair has topped the $1 million mark for nearly two decades! That is money pumped into our local economy through scholarships, premiums to exhibitors, the purchase of supplies, and donations to organizations, who in turn, use those funds for more improvements and contributions in our area! For many of those organizations, the donations (received in exchange for volunteer service) make up a significant percent of their annual revenue. Without the Fair, organizations suffer, and our community suffers, which is why we are committed to keeping this Fair going for another 90 years (and more!). We want you (and your children and grandchildren!) right here with us as we continue this amazing Washington tradition.
Keeping our fair sustainable into the future requires more than breaking even each year. Like any business, organization, or family, we need to keep a savings account for unexpected expenses. And of course, since you just never know about Missouri weather, we also try to keep a "rainy day" (or maybe "thunderstorm" or "hot and humid") fund. It's important to be prepared so our Fair can continue to deliver the experiences our fairgoers know and love, even after a year or two of unfortunate weather.
This has been a long (sorry, I'm passionate about this! ) way of saying:
"We know you don't like ticket increases, but we are trying to cover our ever-growing expenses while still having a bit of money left to invest in the Fair's future, and our community's well-being. Thank You for joining us for an annual week of fun and a lifetime of impact. We could not do this without you!"
Also... because sometimes people just want to see how much of a deal they are getting... Here is a snippet highlighting the price per day differences between our daily tickets, season passes, and Family 4-Pack special.
Excerpt from the WTCF Mission Statement: The purpose of the Fair is to provide quality entertainment, exhibits, and education in a family-oriented environment, while providing funds for local organizations and the Chamber of Commerce for community growth and improvement.